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  1. "When I had moved to Mumbai for the first time with big Bollywood dreams, it was Bhaiya who asked me to move back. He said I wasn't ready. To be honest, that perhaps was the best advice anyone could have given me at the time..." quips Aparshakti, with unparalleled candour, while talking about his unique relationship with his elder brother Ayushmann, and the chemistry they share. © MensXP The fact that Aparshakti is the younger brother of the one and only Ayushmann Khurrana, came to the mainstream consciousness much later, when he already had carved a niche for himself as a rock-solid 'supporting actor', another topic he deals with maturity, with a side of unapologetic practicality and humility, reflected on his spirited countenance. © MensXP "What is wrong with being a supporting actor? I have never understood the side-eye supporting actors receive in the industry. If you are an actor who is true to his craft, you will take up every role as the role of a lifetime. I have played the role of a supporting actor in 7 different films, and given a choice, I won't change a thing!". As he moves on to the much-deserved mainstream stardom now, Aparshakti still looks at all the roles he has played with utmost reverence and fondness, something which is a rarity within the B-Town glam and glitz. © MensXP Aparshakti is wearing: Denim Dhoti - Nicobar, Denim Sherwani - Zara, Footwear - Gucci, Eyewear - Vedi Vero @kapooropticalco On being asked about how it felt, to have been handed supporting roles, despite being the sibling of an A-lister, Aparshakti was quick to dismiss the question. "I count it as a blessing. I honestly do. Having played so many roles as a supporting actor, I now feel like I am finally ready. It prepares you, it makes you realize the value of the place at the top, and most importantly, it teaches you lessons which no acting class can teach." In an industry supposedly rife with nepotism, the fact that Ayushmann never used his stature to create a platform for his own brother, is something Aparshakti is thankful for, because that singularly made sure that the success he has achieved over time, is anything but ephemeral. © MensXP Aparshakti is wearing: Jacket - Bershka, Lowers - DNA, Shoes - Off-white, Eyewear - Gucci @kapooropticalco, Watch - Gucci "One thing I shall always remember, is a line Bhaiya told me about Mumbai. When he told me to go back and prepare better, he ended the conversation with a line: 'Yeh shehar khud bulaata hai' (This city calls you itself)." While most A-listers advise their relatives to go to the gym and work on their appearance and fashion sense before their Bollywood debut, Aparshakti fondly remembers Ayushmann giving him a no-nonsense piece of advice, that ultimately proved to be life-changing for him. "He told me to actively pursue acting in the theater for 4-5 years. He told me acting is an art and a craft, and requires training and practice, just like any other art form. Thank God he was wise enough to give me the advice, and I took it seriously." © MensXP "But how did it all start? Did you always want to become an actor? What's the story?" "I honestly have no idea how or when. I recall one incidence from my school days, that helped my self-confidence skyrocket. When I was in the 9th standard, there used to be a trophy of sorts for the 'best student' of the batch, and their name used to be published in the newspaper. I was a pretty average student, you know, when it came to academics. However, I used to be good with my extracurricular activities - sports, drama, music etc., which ensured that I won a lot of prizes and trophies. The Principal of the school used to take a call on who to choose as the best student, and to my shock, my Principal, Rajni Thareja Ma'am, chose me. I later heard that she was questioned by everyone about her seemingly odd choice, in response to which she took them to the staff room, and pointed towards all the trophies I had won in extra-curriculars. 'He's a special kid' - she had said. Till date, I am grateful to her." © MensXP "Also, I did not know what I wanted for a long time, and honestly just went with the flow. I studied Law for 5 years and got my LLB degree. In fact, I worked at the Delhi High Court for a while, can you imagine? I also worked as a Radio Jockey for quite some time, and it was way after that, I started thinking about doing more with my life. The acting bug finally bit me, and then started a whole new phase of preparation, which perhaps taught me more about life than anything else. I had to face everything a newcomer faces in the industry, and I had to work my way up. There was no other way, and I'm glad it was the way it was, because it made me a stronger person, in ways I had not fathomed earlier." © MensXP Aparshakti is wearing: Outfit - SixPM, Eyewear - Carrera, @kapooropticalco, Wrist Band - Louis Vuitton, Shoes - Dolce & Gabbana, Trolley - Rimowa @Off-white On being asked about how the family dynamics are at home, Aparshakti candidly chuckles. "It's as normal and desi as it gets. I believe both Bhaiya and I get our strict work ethics from our father, and I wish to achieve the patience levels of mom, but I don't think I can ever reach there. She is the most patient, graceful, calm, and composed person I have ever met in my life. Bhaiya gets it from her." © MensXP Aparshakti is quick to point out, however, that he also grew up with the same set of struggles every Indian youngster faces. "I was working as a Radio Jockey, and I was fairly successful. I was doing well, and was financially secure too. Even then, there were relatives and neighbours who would unapologetically throw the annoying question: Lekin beta, kaam kya karte ho?", he sighs, before bursting out in a bout of dismissive laughter. © MensXP "What makes you happy?" "My work makes me happy, of course. But other than that, I'd say seemingly small, insignificant things, that perhaps others won't get. 'Alone time' is important to me. I love listening to my favourite music while driving... it gives me such immense joy, that is not describable. Also, football. You know, not a lot of things can match up to the the boundless joy of playing an intense match of football on a green field, wet and slippery with heavy rainfall. It is just therapeutic. You end up feeling fresh, instead of being tired. I still enjoy it as much as I did during my teenage years. Also, some quality time with my loved ones and my family never fails to cheer me up...!", he smiles. © MensXP "The trick to be happy, and I really believe that, is to count your blessings every day. Everyone has something to be grateful for, and the moment you realize that perhaps not everyone is fortunate enough to have what you have, happiness just... happens. That gratitude is what keeps me going, on days that are particularly taxing. But I'm happy! I feel life has just started for me, and I can't wait to find out what's next!", he signs off with a faint smile, radiant with gratitude, as he gingerly holds another prestigious award, the 'Dadasaheb Phalke Excellence Award' for the 'Comic Performance of The Year' to be precise, for 'Stree'. © MensXP Aparshakti is wearing: Denim Short Kurta - Boheco, Jeans - Zara, Footwear - Artimen, Eyewear - Irresistor @kapooropticalco As he moves on to 'greener pastures' now, so to say, with lead/parallel lead roles, he is ready - with experience, validation for his hard work, and most importantly, the unconditional love of the audience that constantly craves for honest, heartfelt performances coupled with raw talent, which is his USP. All we can say is, we wish him all the luck for his upcoming projects, not that he needs any, as he has been proving with every single project, right from the day the city of dreams finally welcomed him with open arms, as his brother had once wisely predicted. Photographer: Subi Samuel Stylist: Jay Samuel Assistant Stylist: Piyu Mishra
  2. After a long time, two Indians will be working alongside at the International Cricket Council (ICC) headquarters. After Shashank Manohar being elected as President of the ICC, Manu Sawhney has been announced as the Chief Executive Officer of the ICC with immediate effect. For the past two months, Sawhney has been working alongside outgoing CEO, David Richardson to ensure a smooth transition for the organisation. Richardson will remain with the ICC until July, as originally planned, to oversee the delivery of the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup 2019 to be held in the United Kingdom later this year. Sawhney, a graduate from Birla Institute of Technology & Science, Pilani, India, was with ESPN Star Sports for seventeen years. During his tenure as Managing Director, he was responsible for scaling the business and doubling the annual revenues whilst delivering innovative content and digital growth strategy. He also built strong partnerships with stakeholders across 24 countries in Asia, according to reports. © Sportswire Additionally, he led the global broadcast partnership deal with the ICC that ran from 2007-2015. He is also a non-executive director and member of the Audit Committee of Manchester United Ltd. Being grateful for the position, Manu said: “I am excited by the opportunities ahead and I am looking forward to working in partnership with our Members, partners and staff to ambitiously accelerate the global growth of the game. Technology, engagement, women's cricket and driving greater value are key focus areas for us as we consider how we can innovate to transform the sport's long-term future and create a vibrant and sustainable sport globally.” He has paved the path for Indians to reach the apex of the international sport off the field and is set to inspire many youngsters growing up. Let us know your thoughts on his inspirational journey in the comments section.
  3. Every day, people are still searching on the internet the best fat burners on the planet and are ready to shell any amount of money on falsely marketed pills as they promise magic. Fat burners, which were earlier used only by professional athletes, have become common even with beginners in the gym. Not only is this trend stupid and pointless but you are not going to achieve any results out of it except an empty pocket. So, before you think of taking any shortcut in your fitness journey let me give you a single tool that will help you more than any fat burner or a magic pill out there. Start Tracking Your Nutrition This may sound trivial, but trust me it makes a huge difference when it comes to results. I am not saying this based on just my own experience but I have noticed this working on my clients as well. While you may think that you are on low carb and high protein diet, but if you are not tracking your calorie and macro intake, there are chances that you might be consuming more than your target calories. Tracking your food intake gives you a precise calculation of how your body is responding to varying levels of carb and overall calorie intake. This, in turn, will help you in making a smart decision as to how much can you play around with your calories and macros. Fun Fact 1: It Is Backed By Science This phenomenon of tracking calories has been subjected to studies as well and studies do show a positive impact on the results as well. A study conducted by the Kaiser Permanente Care Management Institute established that people who regularly tracked their macro intake were able to lose twice more weight than people who did not. Fun Fact 2: It Helps In Portion Control When you update your food diary daily, you can measure the number of calories you have consumed in every single meal of the day. While some meals might be absolutely healthy but there are chances that you may be consuming a larger portion of it. Even if the meal is healthy, you can't just binge on it and expect that it will not have an impact on the overall calculations. Once you start tracking your meals, it will help you to identify if the portion size of the meal that you were consuming is within your target area or not. For example, a meal comprising of Kidney beans and brown rice would be an ideal choice for lunch but that doesn't mean that you can have 'n' number of portions of the same every day. It Will Help You Connect The Dots There are small food items that you consume throughout the day but they often get unnoticed while you make your diet program. These include multiple cups of tea and coffee, biscuits, namkeen, sugary drinks, flavoured energy drinks, artificially flavoured juices etc. While you may think that they may not make any difference but once you start tracking them you may notice that that's not the case. Sometimes these small snacking items contribute a significant addition to your total calorie intake which may slow down your health and fitness progress. Anuj Tyagi, author of this article, is a Certified Sports Nutritionist and Therapeutic Exercise Specialist from American Council on Exercise (ACE). Now an Online Health Coach, he is also a Chartered Accountant by education. You can connect with him through Instagram on:- https://www.instagram.com/sixpacktummy_anuj/
  4. Ever since the glamorous Indian Premier League (IPL) came into existence, it has put numerous, extremely talented players on the map. These were the cricketers who didn't play international or first class cricket due to the lack of opportunities but were in no manner less deserving of making a great living out of the game they loved so passionately. The league has experienced a series of changes as the years have passed. Some of the older teams have become extinct while new franchises have replaced them in seamless transitions. Having said that, there exists a franchise which is not only one of the strongest pillars of the edifice IPL has now become but has also gone on to win the entire tournament thrice - the Mumbai Indians (MI). Sleepless nights? Nervous nail biting? Screaming at your screen? If you've experienced any or all of these symptoms you might have Cricket Fever, premieres 1st March. pic.twitter.com/Ujl1tq6Els — Netflix India (@NetflixIndia) February 5, 2019 The upcoming Netflix eight-episode docu-series titled 'Cricket Fever: Mumbai Indians' gets into MI's journey through the 2018 season of IPL between the pre-season auction and the final of the year against the Delhi Daredevils (now, Delhi Capitals). Joe LaBracio, the Executive Vice President of Non-Fiction TV & Documentaries, Condé Nast Entertainment (CNE), the studio that produced the series, said: "Our love of India drew us to share the story of the second biggest sport in the world and make it an entertaining, engaging experience for non-cricket fans to also enjoy." What To Expect From The Series Being coached by one of the legends of the international cricket in Mahela Jayawardene for a competitive owner in Akash Ambani, a great story in terms of the locker room situation during the wins, losses and major injuries during the season, and behind-the-scenes footage can be expected from the docuseries. The series also promises to dive deep into the history of some of the most celebrated MI players. The inception of Rohit Sharma's ability to captain, Krunal and Hardik Pandya's struggles growing up in Surat and Jasprit Bumrah's story to becoming one of the top pacers in the world, CNE plans to cover every minor aspect of the MIPaltan's members in great detail. Watching the emotional journey of the three-time champions and its players, staff and owners that goes beyond the cricket field would most definitely be an unprecedented experience with the first of its kind Indian sports docu-series. 'Cricket Fever: Mumbai Indians' will launch on Netflix worldwide on 1st March 2019.
  5. Sometimes, we fool ourselves into believing that we something we are not. We define our own limits, just because we have always been a certain way. That was me a few years back. All that mattered to me was academics, and exercise and proper nutrition were just not a part of my world. I spent the first 20 years of my life being a kid who gave absolutely zero importance to fitness. Physics, Chemistry and Maths were my protein, carbs and fats. My Savior – Junk Food! Age 20, I find myself studying Computer Science in IIT-BHU. To be honest, at this point, I had nothing in my life that stirred an ounce of excitement in me. Around this time, I also got somewhat depressed. Needless to say, I had shitty eating habits. I'd eat anything that I felt like, whenever I felt like, and in whatever amounts I felt like. Motivation from Jacked Guys I really envied guys in my college with good physiques. They had abs and chiselled chests. I, on the other hand, was totally out of shape and had a belly, which I never really liked. Hell, I wanted a “good body” too! It was something I found myself getting excited to work for! So, I started going to the gym. I goofed around in and out of the gym for 18 months, just showing up fairly consistently and hoping to get “fit https://www.mensxp.com/health/body-building/48916-5-easy-ways-to-get-fit-without-going-to-the-gym.html ”. I had no knowledge of nutrition and training. My diet was totally random. I used to think that going to the gym and “working out hard”, alone was enough to build my dream physique. And no one around me told me any better. After all, they must call it “fat burning workouts” for a reason, right? Wrong. Sick and tired of getting nowhere, I started studying the work of top experts in the fitness field. The likes of Dr Eric Helms, Dr Brad Schoenfeld and Dr Alan Aragon. And it blew my mind! I spent endless hours researching information on the subject. I was loving it. It was all making sense now, and I wondered why there were so many misconstrued notions around fitness. I realized the irreplaceable role of diet and laughed at all the time I waste fooling around in the gym. Meal Preparation I started preparing my own meals instead of eating in the college mess. I applied whatever I learned into my own life, and I started seeing results in no time. I was so excited at this point in my life. I had never been more disciplined and bodybuilding had come to become my burning obsession. My life changed completely. I realised how important is it to read and study the work of successful people in whatever area you want to be successful in. Advice to Everyone Reading This If you can relate to my story, and have not started your fitness journey yet. Just start. Follow the right people who advocate science and not bro-science. Do the right things and you have my word that you'd be a totally different person 6 months from now.
  6. Whenever I look back to my college days, what I remember the most is a lanky 50-kilo kid trying to hide from his bullies. They would call me names and this disturbed me to great lengths. Then I looked into my lifestyle and wasn't really surprised as to why I was so skinny. My activity levels were immensely low, and so was my appetite. The only activities I did were going to the college and coming back home. My diet involved 2 meals a day and some canteen snacks. That's about it. 15th of December 2016 was a remarkable day in my life, I saw an interview of Thakoor Anoop Singh on YouTube. This one video got me so inspired, that I joined a gym the following day. I come from a small town in South India, where we do not have a lot of people to guide us in the right direction. Improper exercise technique and ego lifting soon got me injured and I had to quit the gym for a while. But during this period I learned about fitness as much as I can from YouTube. Yash Sharma Fitness was a vital source to learn exercise techniques, bracing and how to lift heavy. I went back to the gym after a few weeks and decided to take it slow. No more ego lifting and I lifted according to my strength and focused on my technique. Gradually my strength and physique began to enhance. Further, I learned about correct nutrition from YouTube. And after bulking for more than a year, I decided to cut down and aimed to get as lean as possible. I also competed in Muscle-Mania 2018 for which I prepared for 3 months, relentlessly. This journey was awfully exhausting and taught me that bodybuilding is tougher mentally than it is physically. Being a student with limited funds, it was indeed challenging but I enjoyed every bit of it. Like oxygen and water, lifting weights has now become a necessity for me. I am studying to become a professional trainer alongside my college studies but more than the monetary aspect, I love the person I have become due to bodybuilding- disciplined, hardworking & committed. It is something only serious lifters can resonate with. I am very thankful to MensXP Health for allowing me to share my journey and reminiscing how far I have come.
  7. For most of us here in India, travelling finds an unwitting connection to chai. Traversing through the country's picturesque landscape, these heavenly places serving steaming cups of chai can be found in quaint villages high up in the hills, or under the thatched roofs of a dilapidated chai ki tapri along the highway. Yet, no matter where we happen to chance upon one, it never fails to fill our heart with joy at the very sight of it. © Facebook Now, imagine such a tea-stall located in a small village in some part of this country, shouldering the weight of an elderly couple's ardent dreams to explore the length and breadth of not just India, but the entire world. Yes, you are right. This almost seems like an impossible dream when you hear about it at first, but guess what, there exists such a tea-stall and such a couple who have managed to realise their dreams of travelling around the world, by running a tea-stall! © Facebook Vijayan and Mohana, both in their late 60s, are from Kochi in Kerala, but are better known to the world as the “globetrotting couple” who travel around the world by selling tea. Vijayan and Mohana have been running a nondescript tea-stall in Kochi, called the 'Sree Balaji Coffee House' for the past 40 years, and the minimal earnings from that business have allowed them to travel to over 23 countries so far! © Facebook How do they manage to make all this happen you ask? Well, the key to their success is the couple's undying grit and desire. Vijayan and Mohana refuse to be cowed down by the financial restraints or the logistic trivia that might hamper their bigger plans. The elderly couple saves from whatever little they make at their shop, and rely on small loans to fund their travels. After saving Rs. 300 every day for decades, they used it along with their meagre income and bank loans, to explore 23 countries! It was back in 1963 when Vijayan began selling tea in the streets to fulfil the travel dreams he shared with his wife. © Facebook Singapore, New York and Switzerland are some of his most favourite places. The couple has been to Brazil, Argentina, Peru, USA besides many others, but currently, their plan is to check out Sweden, Denmark, Holland, Greenland Norway. There is simply not stopping this duo! For Vijayan, travelling is all about collecting experiences and learning about other people and their culture. Vijayan marvels over the beauty of landscapes and the kinds of people they meet during their travel. © Instagram Their philosophy is simple. Keeping their nest destination in sight, the couple continues to save Rs 300 every day, and keep their expenses to the minimum (they work both as worker and manager of their tiny shop). While on their trip, they spend very little on unnecessary things. Still, the loans they take keep getting piled up, and after every trip, they spend the next three years trying to repay that debt. Their story might be laden with a lot of struggles, but Vijayan and Mohana don't plan to give up as long as their arms and legs are moving. This couple is proof that no amount of limitations are big enough to stop someone from realising their dreams if they set their heart to it.
  8. There used to be a time when Chungneijang Mary Kom Hmangte was a completely unknown name. Back in the day, with zero videos of her bouts online and not even a single news channel covering her progress, if you'd told her that one day, she is going to be ranked number 1 in the whole world by the International Boxing Federation (AIBA), she would have knocked you out cold with an uppercut for mocking her. #WWCHs2018 Finals - Light Fly (48kg)@MangteC (IND) defeats Mi Hyang Kim (PRK) and becomes 2018 AIBA World Champion!! Congratulations Mary ð¥ð¥ðª#AIBAFamily #ChampsBornHere @BFI_official pic.twitter.com/wlSLmbJHvB — AIBA (@AIBA_Boxing) November 24, 2018 When she was only 13, Mary knew that she wanted to become a professional boxer. Despite her soon-to-be coach Leishangthem Ibomcha Singh, who was responsible for bringing up around 50 international medal winners from within the state of Manipur, constantly challenging her, and her aspirations of becoming a pugilist, Mary, like any stubborn teenager, stuck to what she wanted. Living in an insurgency-bound Imphal, Mary's journey to success was full of constant terror and adversities. With endless reports of kidnappings, shootings and bombings ever since Manipur's merging with India, the idea of 'do whatever your heart says' wasn't exactly a number one priority for the people living there. In fact, the situation was so bad up there, that even Mary Kom's own father-in-law was murdered by the insurgents soon after she got married to Onler Kom in 2005. While there's no denying Mary Kom's hard work and raw passion for the sport that has taken her this far in life, it is Onler Kom, Mary's husband who has been her anchor during the experience. Full of compassion and regard for her wife, Onler has never backed out of supporting her dreams. “I knew her dreams and was ready to help her in every way," Onler told The Times of India. “I had my own dreams, but when I came to know her it changed… I married her for her simplicity and her willingness to become a successful sportswoman.” View this post on Instagram “A man's success is measured by what his wife and children say about him. Money and accomplishments mean nothing if you let your home fail.” With my hubby @onler_kom #travelling @selfclicked #blessings A post shared by Mary Kom (@mcmary.kom) on Dec 5, 2018 at 3:37am PST Despite the support, what a lot of people do not realise is how much being a mother of three can take a toll on your professional career. With a lot of extra responsibilities on her shoulders as compared to any of her opponents along with the growing age, the 35-year-old, somehow, manages not only to take out time to train herself but also to train nearly 130 young and aspiring students at the Mary Kom Regional Boxing Foundation, an academy initiated by the boxer and her husband to inspire, motivate and train India's finest pugilists of all time. “This Boxing Academy is a reality of my dream of creating a Centre of excellence to produce the best boxing champions for India,” Mary Kom conveys her message on the website. Mary once said that there lies a story of struggle behind every medal that she's ever won. In her long, successful and inspirational career, the Arjuna and Padma Shri awardee has made and broken various records whilst becoming the most successful boxer in the history of Women's World Championships by winning a record 6th gold medal last year. Recently ranked Number One in the world, Mary Kom has no intentions of throwing in the towel just yet as she has already begun preparing for Tokyo Olympics 2020.
  9. My fitness journey spans across almost 9 years. Right through my teens up until my early 20s, I dealt with self esteem issues because of my weight. At my heaviest, I touched 105 kilos. This was exactly when I decided to take my health seriously turn the steering around. Back And Forth With Weight Gain (The Wrong Way To Lose Weight) With the help of tennis and other cardio activities, I initially dropped down from 105kgs to 68kgs. Needless to say, this was the wrong way. I crash dieted and did cardio like a mad cow! Soon after, I moved to the UK for higher studies and in no time, I was back being overweight. The scale this time clocked my weight at 120 kilos. I was destroyed, mentally. Change in routine, too many social outings with the gang, career stress and job-hunt--all of these came together and hit me hard. Once back in India, I started all over again, for the second time. After cutting down some weight and dropping down a T-shirt size, I managed to lose weight yet again. The Healthy Eating Fallacy This time, however, I started my diet through healthy eating instead of crash dieting. Wrongly enough, the focus was still weight-loss and not fat loss. Cardio still made up the biggest part of my workouts. After a long battle and endless hours of cardio, I came at about 80 kilos. Then I read about weight training and incorporated it into my regime in order to 'tone the body'. However, the nightmare wasn't over just yet. Even after dropping down to 76kgs, I was still over 28% body-fat and had hit a plateau for about 4-5 months. While reading about this on the internet, I came across GetSetGo Fitness, an online fitness coaching platform. The knowledge I gained from JUST reading their posts taught me so much about weight loss plateaus and weight training. Personally, I feel that this was the actual turning point in my fitness journey. From here on, I started focusing on body composition as opposed to weight-loss. Happy Ending And A Journey Forever At present, I'm down to around 12-14% body fat and barely climb onto the weighing scale. Main focus is now on fat loss & building muscle. As far as the nutritional myths are concerned, I've personally tried and tested almost all of them through this journey. The big ones I religiously followed were- 1. Warm water with lime juice upon waking up. 2. No dinner after 8pm. And only a glass of fruit juice for dinner. 3. Not more than 2 rotis per meal. 4. Drinking cold water makes you fat. 5. Completely banned fried food n sweets. Fitness, in short, is a journey forever. You put in work day after day and the results just follow. I am now into learning more and more about fitness and have entered the field professionally.
  10. We all have witnessed some prodigal talents in ace batsmen such as Sachin Tendulkar and Virat Kohli who have been at the top of their game ever since childhood. For these men, talent was more than enough to keep them afloat and thrive in difficult times. But this story is not about these men. It is about someone who didn't come from a family of wealthy sportsmen or someone who is a physical specimen with extraordinary talent. This story is about a man who dedicated his mind, body and soul to evolve his craft and eventually perfect his skill. This story is about the ideal underdog, Mayank Agarwal. Misses out on a ton. @mayankcricket falls at the stroke of Tea for 76. #TeamIndia 123/2 with Pujara on 33* #AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/IstFI0xbxP — BCCI (@BCCI) December 26, 2018 When the 27-year-old became the only Indian Test player to score 75 plus runs in his debut on Australian soil, somewhere in Karnataka, his coach Irfan Sait would have been reminiscing about their Ranji days and the endless hours of coaching, inspiring and motivating the young star. Ever since Mayank Agarwal was listed as a part of team India for the Indies series, domestic cricket and IPL aficionados were desperately waiting for the man to don the Indian colours. Over the years, Mayank's unspoken dream has been echoed around, by suit-clad pundits in studios to the supremely-clamorous public all around, goading the selectors to find him a spot in the Indian team. The timing for his debut could not have been any grander as he stepped into the spotlight on Boxing Day, one of the most important days marked in the annual cricket calendar. After the openers failed to deliver and Prithvi Shaw couldn't manage a comeback, Agarwal took the entire team on his shoulders and played like there's no tomorrow and proved to be a blessing in disguise for the Men in Blue. “It was a tremendous feeling to get the India Test cap. I had a lot of emotions (running through mind) when I got the cap,” said the batsman in a post-game conference. “I will cherish it for the rest of my life.” Only someone who's gone through a lot of adversities could really appreciate Agarwal's sentiment. His journey of a thousand ups and downs has several chapters in it, including his oust from Royal Challengers Bangalore's playing eleven and a move to Kings XI Punjab, where he was fortunate enough to receive invaluable guidance from mentors like Virender Sehwag and Rahul Dravid, whom he'd idolised for years. Congratulations Karnataka on winning the #VijayHazareTrophy2018 . Outstanding season for Mayank Agarwal. Best wishes — Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) February 27, 2018 "Rahul (Dravid) bhai is like an elder brother who guides us. There were times when we spoke and he asked me to keep doing things that are in my control and keep looking to improve,” he told Sportskeeda. Another character in Agarwal's story is that of his best friend and U-19 co-opener, KL Rahul who, albeit was selected for the national team four years before Agarwal was, has never left his buddy's side. When Agarwal became only the 7th Indian to score a half-century in his Test debut, Rahul took to Twitter to show his joy. Seeing my Best Friend getting his cap and debuting for the Country makes me so Happy and Proud today. ðð¤ Upwards and Onwards my brother, you're just getting started Monkus. ðªð½ @mayankcricket #295 ð®ð³ pic.twitter.com/r9n61VRewB — K L Rahul (@klrahul11) December 26, 2018 Even though Agarwal is well out of the typical 'prime age' bracket, one of the most important aspects of his lifestyle, that keeps him ageless, is the regular practice of Vipassana, an art of meditation which provides an insight into the true nature of reality. Agarwal was recommended this technique back in 2011 when he was 20, and it took a while for his dad to get him doing this daily. "He told me, 'Mayank, I think this is something that has a lot of relevance to your sport',” he told ESPN. Mayank has always been the one who 'trusts the process'. A man with a lot of rules and a very solid belief system that has kept him from giving up in the darkest times and work relentlessly on his skill, and if you ask us, hard work trumps talent every time and Mayank Agarwal is the personification of this.
  11. Tired of failing the New Year's fitness resolutions? Getting average results even after following your fitness guru's training and nutrition advice? It all starts with this fitness discussion around the new year with friends and family that how we want to lose X amount of weight or gain X amount of weight or achieve some form of idealized physique. A goal is always set by everyone but we are unable to reach or surpass their fitness goals. Did You Ever Think Why? © Unsplash We set a goal instead of systems. When we set a goal, it's basically an emotional attachment without any concrete daily action plan while systems can help us design that daily action plan and instead of focusing on the result we put the effort in following the daily procedure required to achieve our fitness goal. Goal: I want to lose 3kg this month System: 1) Following Daily set calories + Amount of time set for physical activity Above is building a long-term process in a space where most of us are focussed on finding quick and short-cut solutions. Now that we have understood the concept of systems in general, let's talk about the steps we can take to create this sustainable fitness lifestyle and kickstart your fitness journey in 2019. 1) Take Baby Steps When you have decided to kickstart your fitness journey in 2019, you need to understand that the change you make has to be sustainable for it to have a long-term effect. Example: A completely inactive person, with unhealthy eating habits for the majority of his life, decides to start his fitness journey by directly jumping on an intense training program and changing his entire daily eating pattern in a short amount of time. While above seems like a very good start, it's probably going to go down the drain after few months of mental exhaustion or worst completely returning back to before. Start slowly, aim to increase your activity level more than previous and start replacing unhealthy food options for healthy one by one. Keep a track whether you are able to maintain the change and adapt to the small change you just made. If yes, increase it one level further and so on according to your schedule. 2) Track Your Exercise And Food © Unsplash When you begin tracking what you eat and how much do you exercise daily you will become more conscious of your actions for your fitness goals. Results should be measurable and so should your daily process to improvise and find the areas which are stopping you from achieving your fitness goals in 2019. Example- I eat healthily, I consume good food Optimal way: I eat 2500 calories and I exercise daily for 45 minutes and repeat this 4 times a week (more details, the better) 3) Seek Knowledge And Help If you are determined but you don't have a direction for achieving your fitness goals in 2019 you are going to go haywire and won't achieve your desired outcome. Best and fastest way to learn something is to pay someone and seek knowledge. Other methods include reading articles over here and follow up on researches. If you want to avoid all the above hassle and save your time, the first option is what you should go ahead with. 4) Environment Over Motivation © Unsplash Lot of times we indulge ourselves in watching motivational videos and motivational music, though science has clearly demonstrated the impact of music on training, the goal shouldn't be motivation but it should be self-motivation. The fire should come from within and for the fire to stay alive it requires you to surround yourself with people who support you and are also determined to achieve their fitness goals in 2019. You can't outgrow your environment. Your motivation to kickstart your fitness goal in 2019 will plummet down but if you have supportive people around and people who also want to become a better version of themselves, you will have a higher probability of doing the same and sustaining your fitness for a longer period. As a good measure always make friends with people who you see regularly in the gym and learn from them. 5) Mental Fitness Don't get caught up in the best method or the best diet plan just because you read it somewhere online. Always do what's the best for you. Do what allows you to follow your plan consistently and the one that keeps your mind happy. If the training or nutrition plan doesn't keep you happy you probably should drop it and try to hop on to some new gimmick again. Remember folks, fitness is not short term but the thing you want to keep up with for the longest period possible. Go achieve your fitness goals in 2019! Yash Sharma is a former national level Football player, now a Strength Coach, Nutritionist and Natural Bodybuilder. He also runs a YouTube Channel Yash Sharma Fitness via which he aims to educate all the fitness enthusiasts to maximize their gains by methods that are backed by science and applicable easily. Connect with him on YouTube, YashSharmaFitness@gmail.com, Facebook and Instagram.
  12. Losing fat isn't rocket science, but it sure does take a lot of heart and will to completely transform the body. Just like we keep the sugar coating away at MensXP Health, this article lists out 5 truths about a person's fat loss journey. 1) It Takes Time Heard the saying that good things take time? This holds especially true when it comes to dieting and achieving low levels of body fat. The process is not that quick. All those 6-weeks to shred or 12-week transformation programs do not really work. At least not in the long term! You may end up losing a lot of body fat during this time if you resort to extreme measures, but these so-called transformations won't stick. © Thinkstock 2) You Will Lose Some Of Your Lean Body Mass Not too good to read, I know. But as your diet progresses and you get leaner and leaner, some of your lean body mass will be lost. The speed of your fat loss will also determine lean body mass losses. The faster you try to strip your body fat/weight off, all the more lean body mass would be lost. That is because it is easier for your body to break down muscle tissue for energy when energy intake (calories) is severely restricted. 3) Your Energy Levels Will Be Lower As your caloric intake would be restricted, your body will do its best to save as much energy as it can. That is because your body sees your fat loss diet as a starvation signal and adapts accordingly. The survival mechanism will kick in and your body will reduce its energy expenditure both consciously and sub-consciously. This means, making you a bit lazier and subconsciously making decisions like taking the elevator instead of the stairs. Not moving from the chair for longer hours during work and so on. © Pixabay 4) There Will Be Progress Plateaus Getting to single digits of body fat is not smooth sailing. There will be periods of stalls and plateaus during your diet and these are the most testing periods. This will be the time, when you will be tested and will find yourself asking if it really is worth the effort? It will suck seeing those plateaus and your mental resolve will be tested to a very great extent during this phase. 5) Tracking Will Become All The More Important The measures that are relatively unimportant during the beginning of your fat loss journey will soon become all the more important as you keep progressing. Bodybuilding or achieving body fat levels of bodybuilders or physique athletes is hard. As you get leaner, all those tiny details like food measures to the accurate gram, cooking oil to the gram, tracking of calories, tracking of body weight, tracking of measurements, tracking of daily steps walked for your NEAT levels, etc. will hold a lot of importance. Author bio: Pratik Thakkar is the co-founder and director of GetSetGo Fitness, an online fitness company. He is regarded as someone who will make it easy for you to understand the process by putting things in the right context and providing science-based recommendations for natural bodybuilding. You can reach out to him at pratik@getsetgo.fitness and follow him on Instagram and Facebook.
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  14. In 1998, Croatia reached the semifinals of the World Cup, beaten by the eventual winners France. 20 years on, the Golden Generation has reached their first ever World Cup final, beating England 2-1 in extra time. In 1998, they were led by Miroslav Blazevic, who also led them to the quarterfinals of the 1996 Euros. This time around, they are led by Zlatko Dalic. But who exactly is Dalic? We take a look at the 51-year-old, who has gone unnoticed in a World Cup managed by the renowned Deschamps, Loews, and Sampaolis. An unknown quantity in football, Dalic's stock is set to rise post the World Cup, irrespective of the result. He only took over as coach of Croatia in October 2017, leading Croatia to a playoff win against Ukraine and losing twice in twelve games since. He has spent a majority of his playing career in the former Yugoslavia, before hanging his boots in 2000. © Reuters He managed Croatian lower division side Varteks, leading them to the final of the Croatian Football Cup, before moving to Saudi Arabia in 2010. He managed Al-Faisaly, Al-Hilal, and Al-Ain, and took Al-Ain to the 2016 Asian Champions League final during his seven years there. What works for Dalic is his honest opinion about everything. In Croatia's opener against Nigeria, he sent striker Nikola Kalinic home after he refused to come on as a substitute. He took on Sampaoli post Croatia's 3-0 win over Argentina. Known for his knowledge of opposition players, Dalic was spot on when the Croatian midfield didn't give any space to star striker Harry Kane, who thrives in open spaces. © Reuters His move of moving Modric in a more attacking role has paid dividends at the World Cup, which has surprised everyone. The Croatian captain usually has a deeper lying role at Real Madrid. He has reinvented Eintracht Frankfurt's Ante Rebic, who is feisty when going forward. Having been a journeyman throughout his coaching career, he leads Croatia to their first World Cup final on Sunday against the much-fancied French brigade. And, what better way to have a perfect homecoming, than with the World Cup trophy in stow?
  15. For those who've been following the ongoing FIFA World Cup closely, you are bound to have come across the phrase, “It's Coming Home”. What started off as typical English sarcastic mockery of themselves, soon became a hopeful chant as manager Gareth Southgate ticked more and more boxes in Russia. However, as England comprehensively beat Sweden in the Samara arena, that hopeful chant looks like it's becoming a self-fulfilling prophecy. Cynics will shout all sorts of excuses for England's “chance” success in Russia, but the truth is that Southgate's men have defied all expectations to write a sweet story of redemption for a nation that's suffered from perennial underachievement. © Reuters England came into this tournament as the third youngest team in this World Cup. Most of the players in the squad, who've have played in the lower rungs of English football, wouldn't have dared to imagine themselves getting an England cap, let alone play in a World Cup. To add to that, was Gareth Southgate's poker-faced personality and his inexperience as a manager. On paper, these things form the perfect recipe for disaster. The acceptance of the modest roots of this squad had seeped into the English fans and the unforgiving English media. Amidst these lowered expectations, the English team has shined and how! As England came up against Sweden in their first quarter-final since 2006, most English fans felt as confident as they'd ever been. Once again, England showed that what they lack in guile and style, they make up for that through their graft. England had the majority of the possession, looked confident on the ball and dug out chances against an unforgiving Swedish defence. Their hard work was rewarded with two well-worked headers either side of half-time. © Reuters On a largely uneventful evening, the match could've been really interesting if not for English goalkeeper Jordan Pickford. He made crucial last-ditch saves throughout the match to save his team's arse. He's had only two successful seasons in domestic football, and his rise to the top is symbolic of the struggles of this entire English squad. However, the heroes of this unlikely English success have been captain Harry Kane, and manager Gareth Southgate. Kane leads the golden boot charts with 6 goals, and has been a role model to his team all throughout the tournament. The real mastermind, however, has been Southgate, who has made one bold decision after another and finally put together an English squad, which is bigger than the individuals in it. Amidst all this hysteria, the English fans will have no qualms if England were to bow out in the semi-finals, as they would've created history anyway. © Reuters The victory against Sweden means that England will play in a World Cup semifinal for the first time in 28 years and that we will soon see Zlatan in an England shirt at Wembley. However, for those still dreaming and hoping, there would be nothing quite like the sight of football finally coming home after 52 years!
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